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Why this top craft brew destination finally said enough with corporate beers

“In Sacramento, the craft brewery experience has accounted for an entirely new way of socializing that simply did not exist here five years ago and has helped redefine what the region is all about. But the industry is getting more complicated. That’s because the giant beer companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken have found […]

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What are AB-InBev up to?

“One of the remarkable things about the power wielded by AB-InBev is that their movements generate conspiracy theories. Tim went on to muse that the reason why the brewery behemoth are after Coca Cola is not just because of the money-generating sugary liquid that knocks Irn Bru off the top spot in every country but […]

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Replanting the Seeds of Brewing

“In “How Women Brewsters Saved the World,” we explored the hidden-in-plain-sight history of women and beer from prehistoric times up through Prohibition. Here we bring this history of women’s contributions up to present times, spotlighting some of the women who have helped the modern craft-brewing revolution take root. “ Read more here: Replanting the Seeds […]

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Americans Voted for Booze on Election Night

“One big winner on election night was liquor stores — after casting their ballots, people packed the packies to stock up for a long night. Drizly.com, a liquor delivery service that works with local bottle shops to bring booze to your door, saw an uptick of 86 percent over a normal Tuesday night — no […]

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Has Craft Beer Finally Reached Its Peak?

“That suggests the only thing Anheuser-Busch is seeing is its own shadow getting smaller. And it admits as much as it notes that many of the craft beers it has bought, such as Devils Backbone Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, and Four Peaks Brewing, are still seeing strong growth. Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) agrees, as it noted in its […]

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Data Says Women Driving Craft Beer Growth

“Allow me a quick corollary to baseball. In baseball, strikeouts and walks are the currency of pitching. You want tons of strikeouts and very few walks. So they created a stat once called K/BB, or strikeouts divided by walks. The problem is that dividing them obscured a real benefit to more strikeouts. So you could […]

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Craft beer, under attack from climate change and disease, gets help from science

“In the summer months, as you get into June, you want to be in the 80s going up into the 90s. What’s happened the last couple of years, we had early heat in both 2014 and 2015. In 2015, it got hot very early and stayed hot for a prolonged period of time. Whenever a […]

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Carlos Brito and the Fallacy of Too Much Choice

“A key part of Brito’s comments – whether purposeful or not – is something of a brilliant psychological maneuver. His claim that consumers are tired of too much choice can be left to the subjective reaction of anyone, but it is indeed fact that we have never had so much choice. Stockholders or Average Drinkers […]

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Stone Brewing Layoffs – When Craft Goes Corporate

“But this isn’t just any company – this is Stone Brewing. The company that rode to success on the backs of a beer called Arrogant Bastard that dared you to drink it. The company that defined themselves as the antithesis of corporate lagers, and proudly declared fizzy yellow beer as being for “Wussies”. The company […]

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Analytical chemistry says that Scotch whiskys really are different

“That result should please the SWRI – an acronym you’ll recognize if you’re in the spirits trade and that I should otherwise explain stands for the Scotch Whisky Research Institute – who provided funding for the study. A cadre of American “craft” whiskeys have been attacked from many quarters (including NPR and Serious Eats) for […]

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5 Reasons Why the Majority of Congress Supports CBMTRA

“Last week, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), legislation championed by the Brewers Association, received its 51st sponsor in the Senate, Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. A few days later she was joined by Senator Barbara Boxer of California. Thanks to these two senators, the legislation now has more than 50 […]

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Sam Adams Octobermess

“There is one American company that would be a logical buyer for Boston Beer, and that’s Constellation, based in Victor, New York. The $34 billion company is known for products such as Robert Mondavi and Black Box Wines, as well as Svedka vodka. But as I mentioned earlier, it’s been expanding into beer, having acquired […]

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